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JSerra defeats Ayala to reach CIF-SS baseball finals for the first time


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CHINO HILLS – JSerra has fielded Orange County top 10-caliber baseball teams for many years, almost every year since Brett Kay became the school’s coach in 2007.

The Lions, though, had never made it to a CIF Southern Section championship game … until now.

JSerra beat Ayala 11-7 on Tuesday in a CIF-SS Division 1 semifinal playoff game at Ayala.

The Lions (27-6) will face Harvard-Westlake (28-5) in the championship game that will likely be played Saturday night at Cal State Fullerton.

There have been seasons in which JSerra was the top-seeded team in Division 1 and was eliminated in the first round, and the Lions had two appearances in the semifinals that resulted in losses. Twelve hits and 11 runs Tuesday finally got the Lions through the door.

JSerra senior Luke Jewett hit a game-tying, two-run home run in the third inning, a double in the fifth and singled and scored in a five-run seventh inning. That seventh-inning outburst gave JSerra an 11-4 lead.

Ayala (24-3) scored three runs in the bottom of the seventh to make it 11-7.

Jewett was happy the Lions could get Kay into the finals.

“He’s put so much blood, sweat and tears into this program,” Jewett said, “and I feel it this is the one thing we can give back to him for everything he’s given to us.”

JSerra senior catcher Colin Blanchard hit a three-run home run in the seventh inning. Senior shortstop Cody Schrier added a solo home run in the seventh. Junior right fielder David Horn hit two doubles and drove in four runs, and senior center fielder Gage D’Arcy doubled, singled and scored twice.

Lions starting pitcher Gage Jump had his first rough outing of the season. Jump went into the game having allowed only one earned run and 18 hits in 50 2/3 innings, but Ayala tagged him for five hits and four earned runs in the first inning to take a 4-2 lead.

JSerra had taken a 2-0 lead on Horn’s two-run double in the top of the first.

Jump was far more effective in the next four innings, shutting out the Bulldogs on three hits and finished with seven strikeouts. Tristan LaMaison and Eric Silva finished up on the mound for the Lions.

“Gage was Gage for four innings,” Kay said. “But just not for the first inning. I was really proud of him and his demeanor after that.”

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